HC Deb 09 April 1973 vol 854 cc908-9
2. Mr. McBride

asked the Secretary of State for Wales to what extent he has examined the need for more labour-intensive industry in Wales.

Mr. Peter Thomas

The Government encourage all types of industrial development in Wales.

Mr. McBride

Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman say how many jobs will be lost to Wales when the regional employment premium is phased out in 1974 by order of the EEC? Has he had consultations with the Welsh CBI and the trade union movement about offsetting the forecast immediate loss of jobs in Wales? Is he aware that the present great need of Wales, a need which will continue for some years, is for labour-intensive industries? The Secretary of State will be judged by his actions and not by his words. What will he do about this matter?

Mr. Thomas

I agree that labour-intensive industries make a valuable contribution. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will not overlook the need that Wales has for modern technological industry. What we need in Wales is a balance.

Mr. Barry Jones

The right hon. and learned Gentleman knows that labour-intensive industries supply many apprenticeships in Wales. Many apprenticeships in the steel industry will be lost in the years to come. What steps is the right hon. and learned Gentleman taking to ensure that the young people of Wales will have more and not fewer apprenticeships in new industries?

Mr. Thomas

The hon. Gentleman has a later Question to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment about apprenticeships in Wales.